July 11, 2013
Viewing The Fireworks From Our Manhattan Rooftop
This past Fourth of July, Macy's, once again, lit up the skies along the Hudson River in New York City with an amazing fireworks display. It was actually Macy's 37th annual celebration honoring America's 237th birthday. As we have in years past, MSLO invited our employees and their families and friends to the rooftop of our office building at the Starrett Lehigh building overlooking the mighty Hudson River. Ron Palacio, Social Media Content Director and Vincent Tam, IT Desktop Support Analyst, attended the event and photographed this breathtaking pyrotechnic extravaganza.
1 There were so many boats anchored along the Hudson River waiting for the fireworks to begin. What an amazing vantage point!
2 This little boy was waiting patiently.
3 As darkness fell, the patriotic lighting of One World Trade Center, formerly known as Freedom Tower, was illuminated. This 104-story supertall skyscraper was erected on the site of the former World Trade Center.
4 The parks along the Hudson River were packed with spectators. That's Jersey City, New Jersey across the river - my birthplace.
5 A blimp flew overhead.
6 The boats looked so pretty all lit up.
7 Tugboats ferried the four barges into position.
8 Employees came with family and friends to enjoy this cloudless evening.
9 Another view of One World Trade Center
10 Finally, around 9:20, the pyrotechnic show began.
11 New York City's Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks is the number one biggest fireworks display in the nation.
12 More than 40,000 pyrotechnic shells were fired off.
13 An average of 1,800 shells were launched per minute.
14 The barges were positioned between 18th and 43rd Streets on the Hudson River.
15 The fireworks reached heights of more than 1,000 feet in the air.
16 The entire display took up two full miles of sky, providing enjoyment for the millions of spectators.
17 In 2009, the Macy's fireworks display was moved from its traditional East River location to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the exploration of the Hudson River by Henry Hudson. The show has remained here since.
18 This show was designed in conjunction with Pyro Spectaculars by Souza of Rialto, CA.
19 For the first time in the history of the show, a superstar artist collaborated with Macy’s creative and pyrotechnic teams.
20 Eight-time Grammy Award-winning artist Usher, curated the overall design of the show, entitled 'It Begins with A Spark.'
21 The explosive event featured musical styles ranging from pop and soul to country and electronic dance music.
22 Usher’s top choices in the mix were blended with Americana favorites such as 'America the Beautiful,' 'God Bless America,' and The Star-Spangled Banner.'
23 Revelers could enjoy the musical score to which the show was choreographed by tuning into a local radio station.
24 The spectacular show went on for about 25 minutes. Enjoy the rest of the gallery!